July 17, 2016 by Amy Gold
During the week of July 10, 2016, fans bade a final farewell to Bonnie Brown, the youngest member of The Browns, the famed sibling trio best known for their signature song, "The Three Bells" (1959).
An updated version of the 1976 movie, "All This And World War II," will be coming out later this month as a DVD/2-CD set titled "The Beatles And World War II" with a soundtrack that includes many memorable covers of classic Beatles songs. Also due out this month is a new single by Kool & The Gang titled "SEXY (Where'd You Get Yours)." A new box set titled "The Monkees 50" and another Monkees album titled "Forever" will be coming out in August to commemorate the band's 50th anniversary. Also, a new album by David Crosby titled "Lighthouse" is due out in October.
Also that week, it was announced that a new made-for-TV movie titled "Elvis Lives!" will premiere August 16, 2016 on AXS TV. Steven Tyler will appear in the new movie, "Happy Birthday," which will premiere in theaters on September 9, 2016. Also, a new documentary about the making of Marvin Gaye's 1971 album, "What's Going On," is currently in the works and expected out sometime in 2017.
Finally, the late David Bowie and Prince are among those with albums to make Billboard's mid-year list of Top 10 bestselling albums. Other bands and artists in this list include The Beatles and Bob Marley & The Wailers.
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Below is a clip of Steven Tyler's "Hold On (Won't Let Go)" from his newly-released first solo album, "We’re All Somebody From Somewhere." This song was chosen by Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) as this sports organization new anthem which will be heard at the beginning of TV broadcasts on CBS as well as at live events.
July 12, 2016: New Movie About Elvis Presley To Premiere On AXS TV
A new made-for-TV movie titled "Elvis Lives!" will premiere August 16, 2016 on AXS TV. This upcoming film, which is set two months prior to Presley's actual passing in 1977, explores what might have happened if he had not died.
July 12, 2016: New Marvin Gaye Documentary In The Works
A new documentary about the making of Marvin Gaye's 1971 album, "What's Going On," is currently in the works and expected out sometime in 2017. Titled "Marvin, What's Going On?", this film will begin production later this year and will feature interviews with various top Motown artists plus never-before-seen footage.
July 13, 2016: Updated 1976 Movie With Soundtrack Of Beatles Covers To Be Released
An updated version of the 1976 movie, "All This And World War II," will be coming out on July 15, 2016 as a DVD/2-CD set titled "The Beatles And World War II." The soundtrack features memorable covers of classic Beatles songs by such top oldies bands and artists as The Bee Gees, The Brothers Johnson, David Essex, Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music, The Four Seasons, Henry Gross, Elton John, Frankie Laine, Jeff Lynne of ELO, Keith Moon, Helen Reddy, Leo Sayer, Status Quo, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, John Williams, and Frankie Valli.
July 13, 2016: David Bowie & Prince Make Billboard's Top-Selling Artists List
The late David Bowie and Prince are among those with albums to make Billboard's mid-year list of Top 10 bestselling albums. David Bowie's "Blackstar" was the top-selling vinyl album for the first half of this year. Two Prince albums, "The Very Best Of Prince" (2001) and "Purple Rain" (1984), came in at #5 and #9, respectively. Also in this list were Bob Marley & The Wailers' "Legend" (1984) and The Beatles' "Abbey Road" (1969) which ranked at #5 and #7, respectively.
July 13, 2016: Kool & The Gang To Release New Single
Kool & The Gang announced a new single titled "SEXY (Where'd You Get Yours)" which is due out on July 15, 2016 at iTunes and other stores. This song, which is set to be premiered July 14 live on NBC's "Today," will also be included on the legendary funk band's upcoming album.
July 14, 2016: Steven Tyler To Be Featured In Upcoming Film
Steven Tyler will appear in the new movie, "Happy Birthday," which will premiere in theaters on September 9, 2016. In this upcoming adventure caper, the Aerosmith frontman plays a character dubbed "The Mexican Cowboy."
July 15, 2016: The Monkees To Release New Albums
A new box set titled "The Monkees 50" and an album titled "Forever" will be coming out on August 26, 2016 in commemoration of the band's 50th anniversary. The box set includes 50 tracks spanning The Monkees' entire career starting with the chart-topping "Last Train To Clarksville" (1966). Highlights of the 14-track album, "Forever," include various Monkees' classics plus "You Just May Be The One" as performed by Mike Nesmith.
July 15, 2016: David Crosby To Release New Album
A new album by David Crosby titled "Lighthouse" will be coming out on October 21, 2016. Highlights of this nine-track collection include the recently-released "Things We Do For Love" which Crosby penned in tribute to his wife of 40 years.
July 16, 2016: Bonnie Brown Of The Browns Passes Away
Famed country singer Bonnie Brown died on July 16, 2016 at age 77 of lung cancer in Little Rock, AR. She was the youngest member of the popular late 1950s-early 1960s sibling trio, The Browns, famous for such hits as "Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)" (1959), "The Old Lamplighter" (1960), and their signature song, "The Three Bells" (1959), which topped both the Country and Pop/Rock charts and also became a Top 10 R&B chart hit. The Browns' string of hits on both the Country and Pop/Rock charts continued through the mid-late 1960s before the group finally disbanded in 1967, with Maxine and Jim Ed Brown both pursuing solo careers thereafter.
She was born Bonnie Jean Brown in Sparkman, AR. In 1955, at age 18, Bonnie joined her older siblings, who had been performing both individually and together as a duo, to form the famous singing trio. In 1963, The Browns became members of the Grand Ole Opry. The group's many other awards and accolades over the years also included being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015. Maxine Brown remains the trio's sole surviving member.